Providing knowledge and tools that benefit
workers, farmers, and companies


Research-based tools

Verité research has documented an elevated risk of forced and child labor in the Latin American coffee sector. Discrimination, underpayment of wages, excessive hours of work, and health and safety violations have also been identified in Latin America and other coffee-producing countries worldwide.

Reliable data and actionable guidance can help coffee companies mitigate these risks in their supply chains and comply with emerging human rights due diligence legislation. It can also help coffee farmers and farm groups at origin to comply with local labor laws, buyers’ codes of conduct, and certification standards.

Verité’s Cooperation on Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project was a multi-stakeholder partnership from 2017-2024 focused on documenting the realities of farm work in the coffee sector and providing pathways to labor compliance and full worker protection. Through in-depth research in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil, Verité pinpointed key root causes of the most salient labor risks at the farm level. Verité then developed a suite of tools to help various actors, retailers, roasters, traders, coffee cooperatives, farmers, farm monitors, and others address them. 


COFFEE Toolkit

The COFFEE Project developed the Toolkit in close alignment with USDOL’s Comply Chain Framework.

The toolkit focuses on creating a virtuous cycle of continuous improvement to address labor risks in company supply chains. The toolkit consists of 20 downloadable and printable tools, 7 videos, and an interactive Risk Evaluation for Action in the Coffee Trade (RE-ACT) Dashboard. All of the document and video-based tools are available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. While a variety of tools may be relevant to each stakeholder group, the sections below list the most relevant tools for each group.

Tools by
Stakeholder Group


Through a process of stakeholder consultation, Verité identified the tools that are most relevant for each group of key actors in the coffee sector. In the accordion to the right, you can click on the plus sign to view the tools we judged to be most relevant to each stakeholder group. However, you may find that other tools contained in the full toolkit above may also be relevant to your company or organization.

Smallholder Farmers & Small Cooperatives
Coffee E-Learning

Módulos de formación en línea

Verité has developed a set of 14 interactive, self-paced online training modules covering international standards and best practices related to child labor, forced labor, recruitment, and gender issues. All of the modules are available in English, 13 are available in Spanish, and 11 are available in Portuguese.

You can create a username and password and access all of the training modules in the following link:

More COFFEE Resources

what is child labor?

What is child labor?

This training video explains what child labor is and what producers should do to identify and prevent it.

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

Recruitment-related Risk?

What is forced labor?

This training video explains what forced labor is and what coffee producers should do to identify prevent and address it.

Participatory Tool Design Guide

Guidance on how to create tools through a collaborative multi-stakeholder process.

Recruitment-related Risks?

Recruitment-related Risks?

This training video will plainly explain recruitment-related risks and the producer’s role in recognizing, preventing, and eliminating these risks through small daily actions.

Recruitment-related Risks?

COFFEE Deep-Dive Webinar

COFFEE Deep-Dive Webinar: Insights on using innovative, cost-effective approaches to identify, address, and prevent labor risks in Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico.

About the COFFEE Project


los Cooperation On Fair, Free, Equitable Employment (COFFEE) Project was funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs (USDOL-ILAB) under cooperative agreement number IL-31476.”